Our Mission

Our mission is to engage staff, families, and community partners to make a difference in the life of each child in our learning community. We will provide all students with an exceptional education to develop their mind and nurture their spirit, empowering them to pursue their dreams and change the world.

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Our Vision

The Jesse Owens School ~ P.S. 26 is committed to creating a professional learning community where all students are expected to demonstrate mastery of all content areas. Our staff maintains high expectations for success and work collaboratively to ensure that all students learn. Student performance continues to be the barometer upon which we measure the effectiveness of our teaching. Instructional Leadership maximizes the skills and knowledge of the entire learning community which includes staff, parents, students, and educational partners.

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    Good Day,

    Public School 26 is under construction as of October 13, 2020, until further notice. We will notify you when the website is accessible for viewing. Thank you.

    P.S. 26 The Jesse Owens School
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First Day of School Information

First Day of School Information

Good Afternoon Parents,

I hope all our PS 26 Families are safe and well. The First Day of School begins remotely online for all students on Wednesday, September 16- September 18, 2020. Those three days will be a partial-day of instructional transition and orientation to help students reconnect to school.

The First Full Day of Learning for all students whether 100 % Remote, Blended, or In-Person Learning will begin on Monday, September, 21st, 2020. Please feel free to contact me via email atjjones77@schoools.nyc.gov, via phone or text at 929-333-5613. You can also visit our website at http://ps26jesseowens.com for any updated information. Thank you and have a great day.


Kindest Regards,

Ms. Jones- Parent Coordinator of P.S. 26

DOE Reopening Update for Families

DOE Reopening Update for Families

Dear Families,

As we approach the start of the school year, everyone at the New York City Department of Education is laser-focused on delivering a high-quality education that puts your child’s health, safety, and emotional well being first this fall. An education that creates a new standard of excellence for learning from any location. An education that will prepare your children to thrive—today, tomorrow, next year, and for the rest of their lives.

I want to share with you that full-day learning for all students will begin on Monday, September 21. A few days before that, beginning on Wednesday, September 16 through Friday, September 18, all students and teachers will engage remotely for a partial-day instructional transition and orientation to help students reconnect to school. Taking this time will help ensure all children are ready to learn and succeed.

In this letter, we include updates on what that teaching and learning will look like. You will find additional information on how our schools will support every student every day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning (in which they are learning in school buildings for part of the week, and remotely for the rest of the week).

Read the Return to School Update for Families on the Welcome to the 2020-201 School Year page to find more information on:

  • How your child will learn at home: Live interaction and lessons with teachers, and projects that students complete on their own 
  • Who will be teaching your child in blended or fully remote learning 
  • How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community 

If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. You can find the page for your child’s school on our website using Find a School. Principal information is on each school’s web page in the “School Contacts and Information” section.

You have heard me say that New York City has the best, strongest, most committed students, staff, and families anywhere. Every day, you continue to prove that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. I want to reaffirm our pledge to take absolutely every precaution to keep your children healthy and safe. And to ensure they receive the high-quality education they deserve no matter how or where they are learning.

I am so excited to welcome all our children and educators back to their school communities soon!



Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education 

Family Updates on Health, Safety, and Remote Learning


August 3, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are safe and healthy and finding some rest and relaxation this summer. As we are approaching the start of the 2020-21 school year, I want to share some important new information with you about health and safety protocols in your child’s school—and every school—for the upcoming year. All schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. However, any family can choose 100% remote learning for any reason. If your preference is 100% remote learning, we ask that you let us know by this Friday, August 7, so that schools have enough time to plan. Please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to fill out a short web form, or call 311.

In this letter you will find:

 Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

 What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

 Overall health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of our policy moving into September.

On July 31, the Mayor and I announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a weekly average the city must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3% or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after we open, school buildings will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student.

Since June, we’ve hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health), NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated school reopening. If staff and students aren’t healthy, they can’t teach and learn, and we are doing all we can to ensure that schools remain safe and healthy for learning.

What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

In close collaboration with our expert colleagues at NYC Health, we have developed strict protocols that address prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of our students or employees having a confirmed case of COVID-19. It’s important to know that a “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory-like a City-run testing site, a private doctor, or an urgent care center—to the school.

Our protocols to keep school communities healthy include:

 Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will be asked to get tested.

 Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members who become symptomatic at school must notify administration and immediately leave the building.

 Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school staff is also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for families citywide.

 Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.

If there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine. Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods.

 Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate with all families and students at school.

Overall health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Testing and tracking are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep our school communities healthy. Here are the key things that you and your family should know about the NYC Department of Education (DOE) health and safety practices, policies, and protocols as we re-open our school buildings in September:

 At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face-covering for medical reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.

 Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on school grounds and to and from school.

 Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.

 Face coverings, hand sanitizers, and cleaning supplies will be readily available throughout every school.

 Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in a school.  Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day. 

For more details on these and other policies, please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 and click “Health and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates.

We are approaching reopening by centering health and safety and basing our policies on the expertise of health professionals—period.

I’ve been a public school parent, teacher, and principal, and I know what it feels like to want the best possible education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned a lot since March—both about the virus and about our ability to react and respond to it in real-time. That’s why we won’t settle for anything but the strictest and most rigorous processes for coming back to school.

We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always—thank you for being part of the DOE family.



Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education 

2020-2021 100% Remote Learning or Combination Offer Survey for Upcoming School Year

Good Day Parents,

I hope everyone is well. Please see the attached link below. It is imperative that each parent fill out this survey regarding 100% Remote Learning or Combination offer of In-Person and Remote Learning. This survey should be filled out by no later than Friday, August 7th, 2020.  Please make sure to read the survey thoroughly. If you need to make any changes, you must submit the survey again before Friday, August 7th, 2020.  

Thank you all for your patience, continue to be safe and we hope to see all of you very soon.



NYC "Return to School 2020" Survey

Good Day P.S. 26 Family,

The Department of Education has submitted a "Return to School 2020" Survey. The deadline is June 26, 2020. Please click on the link below and complete the survey if you have not done so. Thank you all!


21st CCLC Afterschool Survey

Thank you to those who completed the survey (linked below) telling us how you felt about your school’s 21st Century Community Learning Center after school clubs before online learning began.


ALL 21st CCLC participants in grades 3-5 who attended in-person activities should take the survey linked below, please. If you have not done so, please be sure to complete the survey JUST ONE TIME PER PERSON. Please be honest and tell us what you really think. There are no right or wrong answers. No one will know your answers and your answers won’t change your participation in the program.


Please use the links below to access the survey in either English or Spanish (Elementary):


English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WKDD5K


Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JH3NNH8  


A Note from our NYC DOE School Chancellor

  June 5, 2020

Dear Families,   

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Recently, we shared some information with you regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Although we do not have any new updates to report, guidance issued by DOHMH remains in place, and we urge you to visit nyc.gov/health at any time for this important information related to MIS-C. There, you will also find the MIS-C Fact Sheet, provided last week and translated into multiple languages here.

As a reminder for the health of all children in New York City, all children over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website. Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. When outside the home, adults and children should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.  

We will continue to communicate with you on a weekly basis regarding MIS-C and provide updates if any. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and please contact 311 with any questions.



Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education

Pandemic- EBT Card and Process

NYC Families to receive $420 per child in Food Benefits

May 21, 2020

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Education Activists,

I have good news! Every family will receive $420 for each child enrolled in New York City public schools to offset the cost of lunches that students are eating at home that they would have received for free in school.

The food benefit, which is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will be issued in June. If you already have an EBT card, you'll receive the funds automatically in early June. If you don't already receive food benefits, you will receive a notice from the state in the mail explaining when and how you'll receive your food benefit, which should come through in late June.

You can find more information on the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website.

If you need more food assistance in the meantime, you can find free grab-and-go meals at more than 400 sites in the city every weekday. We've also compiled a list of food assistance resources on the parents' coronavirus resource hub on the UFT website.


In unity,

Nicholas Cruz
UFT Director of Community and Parent Outreach

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

 Fact Sheet: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children?

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City (NYC) and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome or PMIS.

MIS-C is like other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children with MIS-C can have problems with their heart and other organs and need to receive medical care in a hospital.

MIS-C is a rare condition. However, because children with this syndrome may become seriously ill, it is important that parents know the signs and symptoms their children may have, so they can get help right away.

What are the signs and symptoms of MIS-C?

Most children have a fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C or greater) lasting several days, along with other symptoms.

Other common symptoms include:

• Irritability or decreased activity                                                            • Conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes) 

• Abdominal pain without another explanation                               • Poor feeding 

• Diarrhea                                                                                                           • Red cracked lips or red, bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry 

• Vomiting                                                                                                          • Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red 

• Rash

When should I call my child’s doctor or get emergency care?

Call your child’s doctor immediately if your child has a persistent fever plus any of the above symptoms. The doctor will ask about the symptoms your child has and use that information to recommend the next steps. If your child is severely ill, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.

Is MIS-C contagious?

MIS-C is not contagious, but it is possible that your child has COVID-19 or another infection that may be contagious. This is why hospitals will take infection control measures when treating your child.

Is there a treatment for MIS-C?

Currently, children with MIS-C are being treated with different therapies, including medications targeted at the body’s immune system and inflammatory response. Children may receive other medications to protect their hearts, kidneys, and other organs.

How can I prevent my child from getting MIS-C?

You should take steps to prevent your child from being exposed to COVID-19. Face coverings, hand hygiene, and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent COVID-19. Children with underlying medical conditions can be at higher risk for poor outcomes of COVID-19, making prevention measures even more important.

The NYC Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves.

A Message from our NYC DOE Chancellor

May 18, 2020

Dear Families, Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)— formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

  • As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.


  • Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.


  • When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.


  • Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.


The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions. 



Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Remote After School Enrichment Clubs

We are excited to announce the launch of remote After School enrichment clubs this week. All students currently enrolled in 21st CCLC after school services have been invited to join a variety of age-group specific activities on Google Classroom from 2:30 – 3:30 and/or 3:30 -4:30 each day.

If you did not get an invitation or  are not currently enrolled, please contact Ms. Lisa Donlan at: ldonlan@tlpnyc.com

Please join is for virtual yoga, martial arts, drama, movement and dance classes  as well as homework help on the PS 26 Google classroom platform!




NYC DOE Remote Learning Survey

NYC DOE wants your feedback!
Take the Remote Learning Survey to share your experiences learning at home.
All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12 and all students in grades 6–12 and are invited to participate in the Remote Learning Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 1, 2020. Survey feedback will help schools support students and families learning at home.
Visit and click the link schools.nyc.gov/RLsurvey to take the survey now!
If you need help completing the survey, please call 311.

Sweet 16 Cares: District 16 Virtual Town Hall Meeting


  April 17, 2020

Hello D16 Family,

We hope you are all safe, healthy, and encouraged to move forward during our new normal of remote learning. We hope you can attend a virtual Family Gathering on April 21, 2020. The Family Gathering is a town hall style meeting for adults.  We are meeting in the morning and afternoon. The same content will be covered at each meeting, so you only need to attend one. Below are the links to each meeting. Please not the links are different for each meeting.


Sweet 16 Cares: District 16 Virtual Town Hall (AM Session)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (30 minutes)


Join this event



Sweet 16 Cares: District 16 Virtual Town Hall (PM Session)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (30 minutes)

Join this event



With love,

Team D16

Letter from our NYC Mayor and School Chancellor

Letter from our NYC Mayor and School Chancellor

regarding School Closure for the remainder of 2019-2020 School Year 





April 11, 2020

Dear Families:

Less than one month ago, we came together and began transforming the largest school system in the nation. The battle against COVID-19 left us no choice but to close school buildings to students and staff, transition to remote teaching and learning from home, and adjust to distancing from each other to remain safe.

Now, we face another painful decision. After consulting with public health experts about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and with educators about the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year, we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers.

This is a painful but necessary decision for two reasons. First, public health experts have determined that community transmission of COVID-19 will be widespread well into the end of the school year. Even at low-level transmission, we’d have new cases, which would be extremely difficult to contain school-to school. We believe there simply wouldn’t be enough time to bring our students back.

Second, we, as parents, know how important it is to have some sense of predictability in order to effectively plan for your family. This crisis is hitting all of us very hard. But we are hopeful that this sense of certainty will allow for more stability and the ability to better plan for our work and home lives. We know this will have an immense impact on the 1.1 million students and 150,000 staff who make up our New York City public schools. But we are inspired by the extraordinary ways everyone in our school communities has risen to this challenge. Every day, we see how you – students, families, and the dedicated staff serving and supporting our public schools – are going above and beyond to connect in the face of this crisis, all in service of making sure learning continues. We also know that you’ll need support to continue this tremendous undertaking. That’s why we’re making the following commitments to you as we extend the closure of our school buildings until the end of the school year: 1. Every student who has requested an internet-enabled device will have one by the end of April. No student will go without the tools they need for learning. We have already delivered tens of thousands of devices to our most vulnerable students, including those in shelter and temporary housing. We are committed to closing the remainder of the digital divide for each of our kids. If you still need a device, please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form at schools.nyc.gov, or call 311.

2. We will make sure that parents can ask and get answers to their questions about remote learning. We know you need someone to turn to who will answer any question you have about education during this time—from social-emotional support to academic progress to graduation requirements. Your school is always ready and willing to support you, and we will also make sure that additional support is available as we continue in our remote environment. This means increasing hours and staffing of our parent hotlines so you can get the answers you need. Call 311 to be directed to the right DOE support.

3. We’ll continue to invest in instructional resources, enrichment programs, and student supports for your families to engage in learning at home. Our students need and deserve rich, deep programming and remote learning opportunities as we go further into the school year, and we will continue to provide them. This includes learning resources provided by your teachers and schools, but it also includes enriching and fun materials from the world-class cultural institutions, libraries, museums, parks, and more right here in New York City.

4. We will ensure every high school senior is supported towards graduation. We’ll provide 1:1 counseling support to every senior, working closely with schools and families to understand if students are on track—and if not, provide opportunities to help them get there. Guidance counselors from every high school will reach out to every senior to make sure they are on a path to graduate.

5. We will reopen schools stronger than ever in September, ensuring the safety of our buildings and the resources in place to combat any learning loss and provide emotional support to our students, families, and educators as needed to resume learning and reconnect our communities.

Nothing about this is easy. For the last six years of this administration, public schools have been the anchor of our fight against inequality. They are how we’ve delivered increased opportunity, and we can’t overstate the loss of the concrete sense of community our schools provide. But this is about saving lives.

We are so grateful for your flexibility and patience; we know how hard every one of you has worked to support your children’s learning at home. And we will continue to make every effort to both support you and keep learning going during this unprecedented time.

We will also continue to keep you updated. As a reminder, you can visit DOE’s website anytime at schools.nyc.gov for more information and updates on our plans for the rest of the school year.


Bill de Blasio                                                                      Richard A. Carranza

Mayor                                                                                  Chancellor

                                                                                              New York City Department of Education

Letter from our NYC DOE Chancellor Carranza


April 7, 2020

Dear Families:   

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe. This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day. In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you: 

  • School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020.
  • Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school.
  • Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8.
  • AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey. 
  • Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools.

I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families.

Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn— even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times. 

Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way. 




Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education

A Letter from our Superintendent Dr. Martin

District 16 Family Survey- Due April 6, 2020


April 2, 2020

Hello D16 Family,

We hope you are all safe, healthy, and encouraged to move forward during our new normal of remote learning. We know this is not an easy time. We are dealing with so much right now. We acknowledge that we are operating in truly uncharted waters, but the D16 community is strong, resilient, and innovative! In an effort to provide support, community and connection, we are launching a campaign called Sweet 16 Cares. Our goal is to be transparent, provide up to date information, encouragement and resources to help our families navigate during this crisis.

We have an immediate request. We need you to complete a quick SURVEY by Tuesday April 6, 2020. Attached is the hyperlink if you are unable to click on the word "Survey".


We will use the results from the survey to shape our work. Additionally, we are planning a virtual Family Gathering on April 8, 2020. The Family Gathering is a town hall style meeting for adults. The purpose is not only to hear from you, but also to build our network, engage in conversation, and give each other virtual hugs and love.

Times have changed. The gravity of what’s happening in the world is heavy, but we are family. We lead with our hearts as well as our head. We will persevere. We are D16 Strong!

We will post information regarding the virtual Family Gathering, shortly, but in the meantime, stay positive, stay safe, stay encouraged.


With love,

Team D16

Remote Device Survey Request

Good Day Parents of P.S. 26,

Hope all is well with you and your families!!!

For any parent who does not have a device or does not have internet for your child to do Remote Learning, please fill out this survey to request a device through the Department of Education. Please see the link below. 


If you have Filled Out the above survey and are still awaiting for someone to contact you from the Department of Education, please call me or text me at 929-333-5613 or email me at jjones77@schools.nyc.gov and let me know so that I can assist you.

If you have Not Filled Out this survey above, please call me or text me at 929-333-5613 or email me at jjones77@schools.nyc.gov and let me know so that I can assist you.

To all of our P. S. 26 Families and Staff, please be safe and stay healthy. See everyone really soon! 

-Ms. Jones

Critical Update for Families: Coronavirus (Part I)

Critical Update for Families: Coronavirus (Part II)

NYC Department of Health Parent Notice

District 16 Early Childhood Fair

Author Jodi Hills at P. S. 26

Author Jodi Hills visited P. S. 26 and read from her new book "Astonish" to our 4th Grade Students. 



Pre-K Learning about their Five Senses

Focus Question: How do we use our sense of sight?

During this unit, the children will develop a variety of skills by using their senses through experiential learning. While studying the sense of sight, the children went on a sight walk through the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community. They returned from their trip to sculpt what they saw using modeling clay.



Senator Kevin S. Parker at Public School 26

We were please to have Senator Kevin S. Parker our Guest Speaker for "Dads Take Your Child to School Day 2019"



Dads Take Your Child to School Day 2019

Welcome Letter from District 16 Superintendent

Dr.  Y o I a n d a  M a rt in , Community Superintendent IA  

Community School District # 16

1010 Lafayette Avenue- Brooklyn, New York 11221

(718) 574-2834- Phone      (718) 453-1048 –Fax


 September 5, 2019


To Our District 16 Community:


Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you had an enjoyable and memorable summer. As our students returned to school today with anticipation and excitement, I too am excited to return to District 16 as your Interim Acting Superintendent. As I communicated to our school leaders, teachers, and school support staff, it is my hope and expectation that students and school staff are well-rested, rejuvenated and ready to do the work that will strengthen learning environments and elevate academic excellence for all. While progress has been made in improving student outcomes, I look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure that this year will be a great year for the District 16 community.

Last year, District 16 achieved the highest gains on the English language arts and mathematics assessments, and this year we have also made some gains. I am proud of the progress we have made and I look forward to even greater progress this school year with your help!

I encourage all parents and community members to get involved in your child’s school and also play an active role in supporting the District 16 vision and mission. Each year the district office publishes a calendar of districtwide events and meetings to ensure that parents and members of the community are informed. I invite all parents, guardians, families, and community members to participate in our districtwide events, attend PTA meetings and monthly Community Education Council meetings as often as you can because your voice and presence matters. Maintaining parent and community involvement is crucial to our collective success!

I thank you for being an important member of the District 16 community and welcome your ideas and opinion. Lastly, I encourage all of you to join me as we move forward with passion and purpose.


Educationally yours,


Dr. Yolanda Martin

Interim Acting Superintendent CSD 16

Back to School Orientation 2019

Letter from the NYC DOE Chancellor

Letter from the NYC DOE Chancellor on Protecting Immigrant Families, June 2019


Dear Students and Families,

I am writing today to assure you that the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the Mayor’s Office are dedicated to protecting the rights of students and families to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. No matter what happens on the federal level we as a City remain absolutely committed to keeping ALL students, including undocumented students, safe in our schools.

We take pride in the fact that New York City is a city of immigrants. Our immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers, and staff are a vibrant and essential part of our system, and we value each and every one of you. The attached document, titled “Protections for Immigrant Families” [schools.nyc.gov/protectingimmigrantfamilies], details the many ways in which NYCDOE and the City of New York strive to welcome and protect our immigrant families.

There is an important piece of this guidance that I would like to highlight. NYCDOE does not consent to non-local law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accessing our school facilities. We are steadfast in protecting the rights of our immigrant families on school grounds, including throughout the summer as our students attend summer school and summer programs in our schools, take advantage of Summer Meals, and much more. When our students return to us in the fall, we will continue to champion their right to attend our schools regardless of status.

For more information on the supports that NYCDOE offers for immigrant families, as well as the guidance around non-local law enforcement, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/supportingimmigrantfamilies. If you are worried about what federal policy could mean for you and your family, call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 to receive free and safe immigration legal help.

Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago, you are New Yorkers – and we stand with you.

In unity,

Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor

Gifted and Talented Philadelphia Trip 2019

21st CCLC Afterschool Program Orientation

Dear PS 26 Families,

The Leadership Program is a dynamic urban organization that enriches lives, emboldens confidence, and expands options by building strong leaders in classrooms and communities. We look forward to our 4th year of providing after school programming in math, English, STEM, the arts, and physical enrichment to PS 26 students, as well as supportive and educational workshops for Families and Staff.

Like last year, we will be providing our services in a blended model. We plan to offer live remote classes at first, and hope to build in classes in-person as needed and allowed. All of our services are modeled on the strong safety protocols developed during the school day, following the same mandates and procedures required by the Dept of Education.

Please fill out the interest survey (linked on the flyer)  so we can provide programming that meets your family’s needs. We want to know your interest in remote /blended learning as well as the specific learning areas that interest your child(ren). Please also click the link to complete the mandatory enrollment form.

We look forward to your responses and are happy to answer any questions you may have at our upcoming Orientation session on Oct 8. (invitation to follow).


Lisa B. Donlan

Community School Director

PS 26 Jesse Owens

Madiba Prep Middle School

The Leadership Program

535 8th Avenue, Floor 16

New York City, NY 10018

Cell: 917.848.5873


“…building strong leaders in classrooms and communities."